Lesson 5: Egyptian farewell

Pupils compose their own piece of music, celebrating a pharaoh’s journey into the afterlife.

Learning objectives

  • To use hieroglyphs and stave notation to write a piece of music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can use letter notation rather than staff notation to record their melodies and/or can refer to a copy of the Activity: Note chart.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should take a leadership role within the group, ensuring that everyone is happy with their role and plays in time.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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